Mountain Gorilla Respiratory Infection: Mafunzo Group, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla Respiratory Infection: Mafunzo Group, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 in Blog.

On April 3rd, the trackers of Mafunzo group reported silverback Mafunzo was coughing frequently and infant Ukwiyunga was sneezing. Gorilla Doctors conducted their first veterinary monitoring visit the next day and has been monitoring the group nearly every day since. Below is Drs. Noel and Gaspard’s record of their care and monitoring of Mafunzo. Mafunzo […]

Gorilla Doctors Treat Another Elephant with Snare

Gorilla Doctors Treat Another Elephant with Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, April 8th, 2019 in Blog.

For the third time in two months, Gorilla Doctors Eddy Kambale, in partnership with Dr. Kizito Musubao, an ICCN veterinarian from Kahuzi-Biega National Park, was called upon to remove a snare from a sub-adult bull elephant inside Virunga National Park, DR Congo. Below is Dr. Eddy’s field report of the intervention and subsequent treatment. Elephant […]

Mafia the Silverback Mountain Gorilla: An Unusual Case

Mafia the Silverback Mountain Gorilla: An Unusual Case By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors is sad to report on the March 6th death of Mafia, a silverback with the Nyakagezi group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP), Uganda. Mafia’s case is unusual because he was one of four silverbacks in a group with only two adult females and two infants. The classic social structure for mountain gorillas […]

Gorilla Doctors Lead One Health Workshop on Ebolavirus in DRC

Gorilla Doctors Lead One Health Workshop on Ebolavirus in DRC By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 in Blog.

Workshop: Awake Awareness: An Introduction for Health and Environmental Workers on the One Health approach and its use to reinforce control of the current Ebola outbreak Date: February 28, 2019 Location: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo Participants: 8 Veterinarians, 3 Public Health Experts, 60 Laboratory Technicians On February 28, Gorilla Doctors convened a one-day workshop […]

Gorilla Doctors Perform Health Checks on Confiscated Primates in DR Congo

Gorilla Doctors Perform Health Checks on Confiscated Primates in DR Congo By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 in Blog.

As part of a multi-stakeholder Conservation Action Plan (CAP) funded by the Arcus Foundation and led by the Jane Goodall Institute, Gorilla Doctors contributes to the health monitoring of great apes in protected areas and sanctuaries across all areas where the CAP has been implemented. This can sometimes encompass caring for primates confiscated from the […]

Gorilla Doctors Treat Two Wounded Elephants

Gorilla Doctors Treat Two Wounded Elephants By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 in Blog.

While our primary work is saving gorillas, central to our mission is a ‘One Health’ approach – understanding that the health of people, wildlife and ecosystems are inextricably linked – so when the security team from the Virunga National Park in DR Congo contacted us about an adult male elephant with a snare, our veterinary […]

Gorilla Groups in Volcanoes National Park Suffer from Respiratory Illness

Gorilla Groups in Volcanoes National Park Suffer from Respiratory Illness By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in Blog.

Our Gorilla Doctors team in Volcanoes National Park has been closely monitoring a respiratory outbreak in Sabyinyo group this month. Trackers first reported that some of the adults in this 18-member family were coughing. Over several visits, Drs. Noel, Gaspard and Adrien checked on all of the sick gorillas in order to monitor them for […]

A first for Gorilla Doctors: rescue of a semi-habituated mountain gorilla from a snare

nylon snare on juvenile gorilla leg By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in Blog.

By Dr. Eddy Kambale In the middle of September, our Gorilla Doctors team in DR Congo received a report from Virunga National Park rangers that an approximately 6-year-old male mountain gorilla in a group that has been undergoing habituation since March had a snare around its leg. Habituation is a lengthy process, requiring daily visits […]

THIS is why we do our work!

THIS is why we do our work! By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 in Blog.

Every day that our Gorilla Doctors are in the forest to check on the health of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas, we are reminded about why we do our work: these animals are magnificent and inspiring, and their conservation and well-being is our #1 goal. But sometimes, a very special reminder comes along that confirms that […]

Capacity Building Efforts Underway at Lwiro Primate Sanctuary

Capacity Building Efforts Underway at Lwiro Primate Sanctuary By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors mentors the next generation of wildlife health experts in the region by sponsoring educational training programs in close cooperation with African schools and universities, and by supporting its staff in professional continuing education. In an effort to expand capacity building efforts in DRC, Gorilla Doctors partnered with Lwiro Primate Sanctuary (CRPL) and hired veterinarian […]